Genesis says that everything that is anything was complete, perfect in 6 days. Genesis is not certain what happened on the 7th day. I think that, on that day, the weather was like a lemony, sea-smelling spring day on the French Mediterranean. Everything seemed so clear, it was transparent; Eve could almost see over to the next world. Adam was certain he spotted Tethys.* They heard/saw a serpent singing, “We are starbound, racing the moons, becoming the sun.” This was at the end of the 6th day. Having reached perfection, God hopped onto his Celestial Vespa and exited stage left (or maybe right. Seems like, once something plain and perfect is constructed, it calls for that which all good deeds must reap: the cool cleansing of punishment.
JMartina Reisz Newberry has been writing for 60 years. A passionate lover of Los Angeles, she currently lives there with her husband, Brian Newberry, a Media Creative.
Martina Reisz Newberry’s most recent book is BLUES FOR FRENCH ROAST WITH CHICORY, (Deerbrook Editions). She is also the author of NEVER COMPLETELY AWAKE, (May 2017, Deerbrook Editions). WHERE IT GOES (Deerbrook Editions). LEARNING BY ROTE (Deerbrook Editions) and RUNNING LIKE A WOMAN WITH HER HAIR ON FIRE: Collected Poems (Red Hen Press)
Newberry has been included in It Happened Under Cover, Ascent Aspirations’ first two hard-copy anthologies, also in the anthologies Veils, In The Company Of Women, Blessed Are These Hands, The Charles Carter Anthology,and Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women. She has been widely published in literary magazines such as: The Amaranth Review, Ascent Aspirations, All Roads Will Lead You, Arabesque Review, Bella, Blue Moon Literary & Art Review, Connotation Press, The Cenacle, Eunoia Review,Journal of Applied Poetics,Two Hawks Quarterly, Wilderness House Literary Review, and others in the U.S. and abroad.
She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo Colony for the Arts, Djerassi Colony for the Arts, and at Anderson Center for Disciplinary Arts.